Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Japan's Abe re-elected prime minister after big election win

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (3rd L) and his party's lawmakers raise their fists as they pledge to win in the upcoming lower house election, at their party headquarters in Tokyo, Japan September 28, 2017.
Shinzo Abe has been re-elected Prime Minister by the Japanese parliament after his Liberal Democratic Party won a resounding victory in parliamentary elections in October.
Abe who has been struggling with low approval ratings amid a series of scandals involving his wife Akie and close friend Kotaro Kake, in late September dissolved the lower house for a snap election.

The premier said he needed a fresh mandate to handle Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile threats during the election campaign.
His critics, however, said he called a snap election to avoid being grilled by opposition parties over scandals.

Abe has been in power since December 2012. He is expected to retain all members of his current cabinet, which he launched in early August.

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